Edward Joris: Caught Between Continents and Ideologies?
This chapter describes the ‘world according to Edward Joris’, a Flemish anarchist with modest roots and low self-esteem, who migrated to the Ottoman capital in search of work and adventure, became engaged in the Armenian Question and eventually in a terrorist plot, resulting in a death sentence and two years of imprisonment. This petite biographie addresses two central contradictions of Joris’s character: How does a flamingant socialist turn terrorist? And how does an internationalist deal with nationalism? The role and importance of transcultural personal encounters and experiences, as well as individual character traits, come to the fore in this chapter.